Taken from Strutter Magazine.
Review by Gabor Kleinbloesem – 19 February 2003
Out of California, USA comes ROBERT VALDES, a talented multi-instrumentalist who sent me his 4th CD ‘Out of the shadows’, which contains 8 tracks. The music is a mixture of Classic Rock, 80s Melodic Hardrock and some Bluesy rock, ending up sounding like a mix between Y&T and KISS. Robert really did everything on his own, not only all instruments, but also production, arrangements and of course the whole writing process was done by Robert himself. And he did a very good job, because his CD sounds pretty good. Robert told me in the studio he wants to do all by himself, but outside the studio he has a whole band around him, so then it’s the ROBERT VALDES BAND. However, on this album Robert does everything alone, and the highlights on ‘Out of the shadows’ are “Face the truth” (good strong 80s midtempo melodic hardrock, with very good vocals, very much like late 80s Y&T), “Hypnotised” (great semi melodic rocker like DOKKEN meets Y&T meets PHIL VINCENT, song with big harmony vocals during the catchy chorus) and “Lost control” (catchy uptempo melodic rocker). Without a doubt, this is seriously some great stuff from the talented Robert Valdes.